|1|| THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini|
An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled country in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
|2|| THE LAST JUROR (Dell, $7.99). By John Grisham|
The scion of a small town's wealthy and corrupt clan vows revenge on the jury that convicted him of murder.
|3|| THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT -TIME (Vintage, $12). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, unearthing some family secrets.||35|
|4|| 3RD DEGREE (Warner, $7.99). By James Patterson &|
Andrew Gross. Terrorist acts jolt San Francisco, compelling the Women's Murder Club to investigate.
|5|| THE ZERO GAME (Warner Vision, $7.99)|
By Brad Meltzer. Wagering on the outcome of pending legislation turns deadly for two Capitol Hill Staffers.
|6|| DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN: BOOK ONE: |
PRODIGAL SON (Bantam, $7.99). By Dean R. Koontz &
Kevin J. Anderson. Dr. Frankenstein in the 21st century.
|7|| ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)|
By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
|8|| WAIT UNTIL MIDNIGHT (Jove, $7.99)|
By Amanda Quick. A spiritualist's murder harbors grave tidings for a Victorian couple's budding romance.
|9|| LOVE OVERBOARD (HarperTorch, $7.50)|
By Janet Evanovich. An early Evanovich yarn in which a detective leaves the city to open a bed & breakfast in Maine.
|10|| VISIONS IN DEATH (Berkley, $7.99). By J.D. Robb|
NYC 2059: Cop Eve Dallas is aided in her hunt for a serial killer by a psychic's alarming visions of the crimes.
|1|| DREAMS FROM MY FATHER (Three Rivers, $13.95)|
By Barack Obama. A memoir of a diverse and challenging youth by the freshman senator from Illinois.
|2|| READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)|
By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her Western literature discussion groups for women students.
|3|| GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)|
By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the rise of civilization.
|4|| THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN|
MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)
By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.
|5|| THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (Vintage, $14.95)|
By Erik Larson. Serial killer Henry Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.
|6|| A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING|
(Broadway, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. A quirky, popular guide to science's grandest achievements.
|7|| GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA,|
AFGHANISTAN, AND BIN LADEN ... TO SEPT. 10, 2001
(Penguin, $16). By Steve Coll. Covert operations.
|8|| THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: FINAL REPORT|
OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST
ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATES (Norton, $10)
|9|| DON'T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT: KNOW YOUR|
VALUES AND FRAME THE DEBATE (Chelsea Green, $10)
By George Lakoff. A playbook for progressive activists.
|10|| THE GREAT INFLUENZA: THE EPIC STORY OF THE|
DEADLIEST PLAGUE IN HISTORY (Penguin, $16)
By John M. Barry. The worldwide toll of the 1918 virus.
|1|| THE BROKER (Doubleday, $27.95). By John Grisham|
The CIA finagles the release of an attorney from federal prison to gain access to a satellite surveillance system.
|2|| THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)|
By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a murderer's identity.
|3|| STATE OF FEAR (HarperCollins, $27.95)|
By Michael Crichton. Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in order to further their radical agenda.
|4|| THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN|
(Hyperion, $19.95). By Mitch Albom. A parable illustrating the importance of life's smallest acts.
|5|| CONVICTION (Random House, $25.95)|
By Richard North Patterson. With an execution looming, a lawyer struggles to spare a man she believes to be innocent.
|6|| AFTERBURN (Atria, $24.95). By Zane|
Yardley, a D.C. chiropractor pining away for his local bank teller, Raynes, finally marshals the courage to ask her out.
|7|| BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT (Putnam, $26.95)|
By W.E.B. Griffin. In the launch of a new series, a Delta Force major is tapped to investigate a plane's hijacking.
|8|| THE DA VINCI CODE: SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED EDITION|
(Doubleday, $35). By Dan Brown. Hundreds of photos and images supplement the art and cryptology thriller.
|9|| NIGHT FALL (Warner, $26.95). By Nelson DeMille|
Anti-terrorist expert John Corey is driven to reassess the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island.
|10|| CHAINFIRE (Tor, $29.95). By Terry Goodkind|
The ninth book in Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" fantasy epic featuring Richard and Kahlan.
|1|| BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING|
(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Malcolm Gladwell
The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.
|2|| COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL|
OR SUCCEED (Viking, $29.95). By Jared Diamond
The fatal consequences of ecological mismanagement.
|3|| AMERICA (THE BOOK): A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO|
DEMOCRACY INACTION (Warner, $24.95)
By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
|4|| GOD'S POLITICS: WHY THE RIGHT GETS IT WRONG|
AND THE LEFT DOESN'T GET IT
(HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95). By Jim Wallis
|5|| CODE NAMES: DECIPHERING U.S. MILITARY PLANS,|
PROGRAMS, AND OPERATIONS IN THE 9/11 WORLD
(Steerforth, $27.95). By William M. Arkin
|6|| WINNING THE FUTURE: A 21ST CENTURY CONTRACT|
WITH AMERICA (Regnery, $27.95). By Newt Gingrich
Five areas of concern for the new administration.
|7|| HIS EXCELLENCY: GEORGE WASHINGTON|
(Knopf, $26.95). By Joseph J. Ellis. Biography of the statesman from British army soldier to U.S. president.
|8|| THE CASE FOR DEMOCRACY: THE POWER OF FREEDOM |
TO OVERCOME TYRANNY & TERROR
(PublicAffairs, $26.95). By Natan Sharansky
|9|| WITNESS: FOR THE PROSECUTION OF SCOTT PETERSON|
(ReganBooks, $25.95). By Amber Frey. Intimate details from the first blind date to the media-frenzied trial.
|10|| BLOWING MY COVER: MY LIFE AS A CIA SPY|
(Putnam, $22.95). By Lindsay Moran. An espionage career that was rather more drudgery and less James Bond.
Rankings reflect sales for the week ended January 30, 2005. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2005 by Nielsen BookScan. (Right-hand column of italicized numbers reflects weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The advice & self-help list below is based on sales from 1/3/05 to 1/30/05.)